Marni Kay

Kelsey L. Walrath
Major

Elementary Education

Degree(s) earned at UCF and year degree(s) was/were conferred

B.S. Elementary Education (1998); M.Ed Reading Education (2012)

Employer

University of Central Florida – Western Region Campuses (Clermont, Ocala, Leesburg)

What do you do and how long have you been doing it?

  • 1999-2010 - 1st great teacher at Asatula Elementary School, Lake County
  • 2010-2016 - K-5 Literacy Coach at Asatula Elementary School, Lake County
  • 2012-present - National Reading Consultant
  • Currently, I am a Reading Instructor for the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida (Western Region Campuses).

In what ways are you involved in the community outside of work?

I am a member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators.

What was your major? How did you determine your major? Did you change majors while at UCF?

My major was Elementary Education. I come from a long line of educators. I was proud and honored to continue the tradition.

Are you working in the field of industry/business you thought you would? Is your career what you expected it would be? How is it different? How is it similar to what you expected?

I have had many different experiences in the field of education. I taught in the classroom for 12 years, moved into the position of Literacy Coach and also have been honored to provide professional development for teachers all across the country in the area of Literacy. I am excited to be able to share my passion and enthusiasm for education with future teachers. I had no idea these amazing opportunities would be available to me when I was first starting out and I am so excited to pass this information on.

What was the most valuable thing you learned at UCF?

Be innovative, creative, and passionate about what you do. I was fortunate to have instructors who displayed this philosophy during both my undergraduate work and throughout my Master’s program.

Looking back, what are you most proud of about your time at UCF?

I am most proud of the fact that I was able to take the learning experiences I was given and use them all throughout my career. I plan on infusing many of the same strategies and experiences with my UCF students this year.

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